The boys at NY Mag seems dismissive of this new film called “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” from Fox, but I don’t kinda mind it at all. Sure, it’s basically a retread of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” from 2005, the film that starred Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as killers who get hitched, realizes they’re enemies, and try to kill each other, but it’s not actually a reboot per se. At least, not from the sound of the plot, which will have two 20-something spies pretending to be a married couple once they finish spy school. See? They didn’t get married because they fell in love, they’re just pretending, and they’re spies this time, not killers.
For those who don’t know, the original creators of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” actually tried to do another iteration of the movie as a TV series, with “Fast and Furious” star Jordana Brewster in the Jolie role. The show never went past the pilot stage, unfortunately. So hey, why not do a sequel to the hit movie instead?
Again, I don’t see anything wrong with this. It’s not a reboot, because the characters are different and the situation tinkered, so if anything it should be considered a pseudo sequel. In any case, there’s nothing wrong with revisiting the premise of “Smith” — it was killer then, and I’m sure, with two good actors and an excellent action director, it could be good the second time around, too.
Plus, it’ll be a lot cheaper than trying to hire the now-married Jolie and Pitt back.
Fox has tabbed Akiva Goldsman to develop the movie.